SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov (@NikolaiKnyzhov) from the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (@TheAHL).
Knyzhov, 21, has played in 33 games for the Barracuda this season, recording five points (one goal, four assists) with a plus-four rating and 22 penalty minutes in his rookie season in the AHL. He scored his first professional AHL goal on Feb. 23 at the Ontario Reign. This is his first professional recall to the Sharks.
Prior to his North American professional career, Knyzhov split the season with St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and the Vysshaya Liga (VHL) in 2018-19. He appeared in 46 games for St. Petersburg's VHL team, ending the 2018-19 season third among the club's defensemen in games played, and made his KHL debut with the parent club, skating in three contests. He also was named VHL Prospect of the Month during the 2017-18 season in January.
Internationally, Knyzhov represented Team Russia at the World Juniors in 2018, appearing in five games.
The six-foot-three, 200-pound native of Moscow, Russia was signed by San Jose as a free agent on July 2, 2019.
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